Chelsea Manning Threatened With Indefinite Solitary Confinement For Expired Toothpaste & Having A Copy Of Vanity Fair

from the really-now? dept

The way the US treats prisoners is often barbaric. The UN has repeatedly highlighted how solitary confinement is a form of torture that should be stopped, but the US regularly uses it on its massive prison population (largest prison population in the world! Go USA!). And even if you don't think it's torture, you should at least recognize that people are thrown in solitary confinement for ridiculous reasons -- such as looking at Facebook. Or, apparently, having expired toothpaste in your cell.

It appears that Chelsea Manning is now facing indefinite solitary confinment for a short list of "infractions" which include having expired toothpaste ("medicine misuse") and having a copy of the Caitlyn Jenner issue of Vanity Fair, along with some other magazines ("prohibited property"). The other two charges may seem slightly less crazy, but not when you look at the details. They are for "disrespect" and "disorderly conduct," but the "disorderly conduct" was for apparently sweeping some food on the floor during a dinner, and the "disorderly conduct" was for asking for a lawyer when Manning was being yelled at over the food incident.
There's a hearing about this on August 18th, and Fight for the Future has set up a petition about this to call more attention to the way Manning has been treated. As the petition says, it's clear that Manning is being "singled out and punished for speaking out." Even if you don't think Manning's actions in leaking State Department cables was just, hopefully you can recognize that indefinite solitary confinement over such minor charges is ridiculous.

Filed Under: chelsea manning, prisons, solitary confinement, toothpaste, torture, vanity fair

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    Uriel-238 (profile), 16 Aug 2015 @ 10:56pm

    N wrongs make a right

    Manning didn't deny anyone else of life or property nor did he betray operational information to the enemy, rather he exposed to the public -- to the people -- actions that were being taken in their name.

    Just because something is against the law doesn't make it wrong. Just because something is the law doesn't make it right. It's interesting that during the cold war, soldiers were expected not only to understand what to do but also why, perhaps because we wanted the human beings with the keys to be absolutely sure they were doing the right thing before killing twenty million people.

    Now it seems soldiers are expected to be content knowing that orders were heard right, and to Hell with the consequences of those actions.

    This is how our drone strike program averages fifty civilian casualties per one person of interest this is how we have an extrajudicial detention and interrogation program. Both our drone strike program and our detention / interrogation program are somehow legal in the US, even though the international community practically unanimously disagrees.

    Given you appear to agree with Manning's sentence of 35 years, perhaps you can tell me what she specifically did to deserve it. For comparison ~35 years is the kind of sentence that is given to for rampage murder, raping children and violent acts of terror.

    So what did she do, other than embarrass people in power by exposing wrongdoing to the public?

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